"There is as much circumstantial evidence implicating Roy Kronk as there is implicating our client," said Andrea Lyon, one of Anthony's defense attorneys, to Today's host Matt Lauer. "He's the only one who's been with the body. He's the only one who magically discovers it. He takes a day off before he discovers it in December."
Lead defense attorney Jose Baez told Lauer Orange County sheriff's investigators did not look into Kronk's past.
"This is a situation where law enforcement never looked into this witness, who is a critical witness and never investigated his background," Baez told Lauer.
Orange County sheriff's officials have said Kronk was never a suspect and is not linked to the Anthony family.
Anthony's defense attorneys deposed Kronk on Thursday at the State Attorney's Office. He is the former Orange County meter reader who discovered Caylee Anthony's remains on Dec. 11 and a key witness in the upcoming trial against Anthony.
Kronk, who has since been fired from his county job, found the 2-year-old's remains in woods less than a mile from the girl's family home in east Orange County.
County officials fired Kronk in October after failing to attend a disciplinary hearing related to excessive absenteeism after an injury at work. Records show he used up all his sick time and medical leave.
Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the toddler's death. She told deputies that she left Caylee with a baby sitter who vanished, but investigators say the sitter does not exist.
Her defense team maintains that someone other than Casey Anthony put the child's body in the woods and that there is no evidence against their client.
"Suspicion? You bet," Lyon said. "Evidence? No."
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